Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/7/12

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore was back on the practice field today for the first time since early August. He has been battling a hamstring injury he suffered on the last day of mandatory mini-camp in June. Despite being on the field, Moore will be a game time decision against the San Diego Chargers in the regular season opener on Monday Night Football.

“It was very encouraging. He moved around pretty well today,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. “We’re going to keep taking a look at him and keep evaluating him. Good news is we don’t have to make any type of decision until game day. So I think he moved around well today though.”

Coming off a breakout rookie season, Moore continued his progression during the offseason before the hamstring injury. Last season Moore started 10 games for the Raiders, catching 33 passes for 618 and five touchdowns. If the second year man can go Monday night, he provides a huge lift to the Raiders offense.

“It’s huge,” quarterback Carson Palmer said of having Moore back at practice. “Just to see him in a helmet and shoulder pads…It’s been so long, and I know he’s worked hard at it. I know it’s been a frustrating training camp for him because he’s a football player and that’s what he wants to be doing. It’s good to see him out there getting reps and getting his legs back underneath him. He’s going to need that. You lose football shape really fast, and it’s hard to get it back. So it’s good to see him getting some work today, and hopefully he’ll continue to improve as the week goes on.”

If Moore cannot go in the season opener, rookie Rod Streater will likely take his reps, with Derek Hagan, who was signed and practiced today, also seeing some playing time.

“I think it helps a lot because just working with Carson, just knowing some of the things he does and some of the signals he gives, I’m definitely used to that,” Hagan said. “But just right now it’s just trying to focus on learning the new terminology. A few things are different from last year. Some stuff is still the same, but that’s one thing I know I have three days to learn it and make sure I’m right and make sure I’m out there doing the right things.”

Another rookie Juron Criner was back at practice after missing a day because of an ankle injury. Jacoby Ford is still rehabbing a foot injury that will likely keep him out of the opener. Ford has no update on his injury status as he remains out of practice.

 

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